The Monuments Men
In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys it.
This movie begins with the notation that it is based on a true story. It opens in Paris, France, in March, 1943. George Clooney, who produced and co-wrote the script, along with directing the film, is a very capable filmmaker who puts out a quality motion picture. It is unfortunate the content is outside our family friendly perimeters in the use of strong language, but there is a commendable scene in which Matt Damon’s character, James Granger, turns down advances made by Cate Blanchett’s character, Claire Simone, when Claire strongly intimates she would like James to spend the night with her. James is married with children at home and he won’t allow himself to be unfaithful to his family.
The film features an interesting plot: several soldiers (played by big name actors) are assigned the task of protecting and recovering stolen art from the Nazis in order to preserve the culture and history of the people of France and other countries. This includes the Madonna and Child sculpture which is stolen and which Frank Stokes (George Clooney), the commander of the mission, intends to recover. Precious artwork is also stolen and the movie does a good job in mixing drama with humorous moments as well as moments of compassion for humanity and all that entails. The recreations of this time period are commendable and the battle scenes are gritty and realistic. Hitler’s presence is felt throughout much of the movie and the conclusion of the film is definitely satisfying.
However, due to the previously mentioned language issue, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture.